Another heartbreaking story has emerged out of Taiji, Japan, this early morning. Hunters rounded up a family of 35 pilot whales and drove them towards the netted shoreline.
According to the Dolphin Project Facebook page, the only charity organization on the ground, the dolphins will be held overnight, hungry, exhausted and stressed awaiting for their fate tomorrow morning.
Sadly, there’s little hope for this pilot whale family, who will likely soon be slaughtered.
While most whales will be killed, some will be sold into captivity or will be forced to perform at zoos and marine parks.
The image taken by the Dolphin Project show the family as they swim through the waters in Taiji amidst confusion and panic.
The capture and slaughter of dolphins takes place in the infamous cove in Taiji, Japan, every year on or shortly after September 1st. They slowly bleed to death or drown in their own blood.
Dolphin Project will be on the ground in Taiji during the entire killing season, broadcasting live on social media, blogging and disseminating information for the world to see. If you would like to help the Dolphin Project please visit their website.
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the USA (Tax ID 47-1665067), and donations are tax-deductible.